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In the news: Helping hands from Mohawk give St. Peter's a friendlier face

Joyce Foundation logoThe Joyce Foundation is donating a record $1.5 million in support of financial need bursaries for Mohawk College students.

Through a provincial matching program, the Ron Joyce Access Bursary will total $2 million. Up to 18 students every year from high-need neighbourhoods will be awarded full-tuition bursaries.  

The Ron Joyce Access Bursary is a key element in Mohawk’s Access Project, an initiative launched in collaboration with public, private and non-profit sector partners from Greater Hamilton, Halton and Brantford. The project aims to increase high school graduation and postsecondary participation rates among young people who currently do not see college, university or an apprenticeship in their future.

The record-setting donation was announced before an audience of Grade 11 students from Sir Winston Churchill Secondary in Hamilton's east end. The Ron Joyce Access Bursary will be available in the Fall of 2013 when current Grade 11 students begin their first year at Mohawk.

The Joyce Foundation will be formally recognized during the 4th annual Mohawk President’s Dinner at Liuna Station on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 6:30 p.m.


“The Joyce Foundation is committed to helping young people move from poverty to prosperity through education. We are proud to be working with Mohawk College, which has a proven track record of helping students from all backgrounds realize their full potential and graduate to success.” – Alison King, Grants Manager, The Joyce Foundation.

“The Ron Joyce Access Bursary will prove transformational for Mohawk College students, their families and our community. The Ron Joyce Foundation is helping to put a Mohawk education within reach of young people who have unlimited potential yet limited means.” – Mohawk President Rob MacIsaac.


  • The Joyce Foundation is a private, family foundation created by Canadian entrepreneur Ronald V. Joyce to promote improved and meaningful social, economic and emotional engagement for young Canadians.

  • The $1.5 million bursary donation is the largest in Mohawk’s history and is among the largest received by any of Ontario’s 24 colleges.  Through government matching, the Ron Joyce Access Bursary will grow to $2 million.

  • The Ron Joyce Access Bursary will generate approximately $60,000 a year for full-tuition bursaries.

  • The Ron Joyce Access Bursary will be available beginning in the Fall of 2013 for students who are participating in Mohawk’s Access Project and living in areas identified as disadvantaged inner-city or rural neighbourhoods, such as those highlighted in the Code Red reports.